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Archdeacon’s Visitation for Church Wardens


Archdeacon’s Visitation for Church Wardens 2024

The Archdeacon’s Visitation will take place this evening, Tuesday, July 9th, at 7 PM in Malmesbury Abbey.

Churchwardens will be gathering at two in-person Visitation services across the Diocese this year. These services celebrate and affirm their ministry as they formally assume their offices for the first time or another year.

Becky Waring, Acting Archdeacon of Bristol, and Adam Beaumont, Associate Archdeacon of Bristol and Malmesbury, will lead the services. They will include the legal swearing-in and commissioning of the churchwardens as elected Bishops Officers and senior lay leaders in mission within their parishes.

The visitations provide an opportunity to express our gratitude for the vocation and contributions of churchwardens, as well as a valuable chance to meet in person.

Please pray for Simon Giles and Sheila Wright, who will be inducted as our new Churchwardens during this service.

We also honor and give thanks for our outgoing Churchwardens, Jim D’Avila and Nitin Shinde, reflecting on their achievements and dedicated service.

Archdeacon’s Visitation for Church Wardens2024-07-09T14:04:30+01:00

General Election 2024


General Election – Thursday 4th July 2024

It’s the General Election next week as you will undoubtedly know, and Pattern Church have put together some amazing resources for helping us all to pray and consider how we will vote.
Check out their general election resources page at: https://www.patternchurch.org/ge2024
You can also listen to the BBC Wiltshire’s Swindon Wide General Election Debate recorded on 27th June with the following representatives at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0j4p3pp
Labour, Swindon South, Heidi Alexander
Green, Swindon North, Andy Bentley
Liberal Democrat, Swindon South, Matt McCabe
Conservative, Swindon North, Justin Tomlinson
Reform, Swindon North, Les Willis
General Election 20242024-06-28T13:04:21+01:00

Upcoming Events Summer & Autumn 2024


Upcoming Events at Christ Church and the Community Centre this Summer & Autumn

We have just published our summer and early autumn newsletter for all the upcoming concerts and events happening at Christ Church and the Community Centre in the next few months.

You can download the newsletter HERE

Upcoming Events Summer & Autumn 20242024-06-21T16:28:37+01:00

Caring For God’s Acre – Eco Fair Update


Caring For God’s Acre – Update on our first Eco Fair

Last Saturday, 8th June, we were delighted to be part of the Old Town Festival with our very first “Celebration of God’s Acre” event organized by the Christ Church Eco Group.

We were able to share with those who visited, our beautiful churchyard, which having been relatively undisturbed for over 150 years, provides a rich diversity of grasses, flowers, birds and animals.

This undisturbed or ‘un-improved’ grassland is now rare in the UK and since the 1940’s it is estimated that flower-rich grassland, once widespread in the countryside, has vanished.

We are especially grateful to the various conservation and environmental groups and individuals who contributed to the day.

You can find out more about caring for God’s Acre on their website at: https://www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk/

If you would like to know more about what we do as a church or what you can do as an individual or family to protect God’s earth then please get in touch using the email address below:


Caring For God’s Acre – Eco Fair Update2024-06-14T16:08:40+01:00

The 1st Christ Church Dog Fun Run, Walk, and Show


The 1st Christ Church Dog Fun Run, Walk, and Show

Calling all dog lovers! A family friendly charity fundraising event for Christ Church.

Our dogs always need a walk every day so why not have some extra fun at the same time?

To celebrate 10 years of the Community Centre @ Christ Church and in partnership with a group of students from Nova Hreod we have set up an event based on their entrepreneurial idea.

Starting and ending at Christ Church following a fully marshalled course around Lawn Woods. There will be 2 races (registration 10.30am)

1 – Fun walk/ run – 2k – 11.15am start
2 – Competitive run – 5k – 11am start

Costs – £6 per adult, £4 per child, £15 for a family of up to 5 – DOGS GO FREE

Prizes for the winners of each event.

After the race there will be plenty of things to do including a bouncy castle, a fun dog show (best dresses, waggiest tail etc), arts and crafts, glitter tattoos and refreshments (burger van & ice cream/ cakes).

All proceeds raised go towards helping to maintain Christ Church.

Sponsored by: BellaJojo’s Pets Boutique & Spa

10:30-15:00 15 Jun 24

Cricklade Street

Find out more and sign-up on our Community Centre website HERE

Contact details
If you have a question about this event, please contact:

Chris Smith
01793 617237

The 1st Christ Church Dog Fun Run, Walk, and Show2024-06-10T16:06:55+01:00

Eco Fair – Saturday 8th 12- 4pm


Come and Discover the Plant, Wildlife, and Nature in your local churchyard and grounds!

Join us this Saturday, 8th June from 12-4pm, for our 1st Eco Fair – Caring For God’s Acre, and discover the diversity of wildlife and plant life in your local churchyard, and what we are doing to help it thrive. Lots of things to do for all the family.

Free entry.

The day will include:

🦋 Bug hunts

🪱 wildlife specimens

🎋 wild plant tours

🎤 nature talks

📖 storytelling

🖍 colouring competition

🎨 children’s activity tables

🪧 local wildlife and environmental organisation’s displays and talks

🎤 local history talks & tours

🍔 picnic area

🥤🍪 refreshments

… and much more
All welcome! Come and Discover

This event ties in with the national Love Your Burial Ground Week & Churches Count on Nature (focused on nature, wildlife, history, food, and lifestyle). More details of the national week can be found at: https://www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk/churches-count-on…/.

Eco Fair – Saturday 8th 12- 4pm2024-06-07T15:52:38+01:00

The 11th Old Town Beer Festival Coming Soon!


Our 11th Annual Old Town Beer Festival at Christ Church Is Just a Few Weeks Away!

It’s our 11th year and we hope it will be the best one yet.  The festival is our biggest fundraiser of the year so please come along and support it!

After the success of last year, we will be running the festival over FOUR DAYS again.

On Thursday 9th May we will open the festival with our comedy evening in Christ Church.

Doors and the bar opens at 6pm for an early sampling and food will be available to purchase from the fabulous Food for thought who will be serving their amazing fish and chips plus burgers, hot dogs etc.

There will be top comedy from Headliner Fiona Allen as seen on: Smack the Pony, Mock the week, Alan Partridge, 8 out of 10 cats, never mind the buzzcocks, the Frank Skinner show.

Support acts include Jonathan Elston ‘A comic with incredible talent’ The Guardian and Ian Macdonald – who has been gigging since he made 400 vicars laugh (at the same time!) and realised that Stand Up Comedy was the mid-life crisis he was searching for.

Swindon local, the fabulous Sam Michael will be returning as our MC for the night.

To find out more and buy tickets head over to our website HERE

Friday 10th May will be our standard opening night of the festival. Come along and try some of the many beers and ciders on offer whilst socialising with others in Christ Church.

On Saturday 11th May in the afternoon, there will be meet the brewer sessions with a chance for you to meet a few of our local breweries, grill them and try some of their ale.

On the Saturday evening (from 5pm onwards), there will be live music from excellent local bands, Sweet Nightingale, The Lost Hills, Driftwood and the return of the fabulous What the Pluck who put on such a great performance last year.

We are also delighted to confirm that SALOS Musical Theatre company will be hosting an evening of songs from musicals to close our festival on the Sunday evening.

Come along and enjoy the sing-along. The ticket price includes all drinks and snacks for this one.

Tickets for all events are NOW on SALE!

Head over to our festival website to find out more and buy tickets HERE

You can also download our full festival brochure HERE

The 11th Old Town Beer Festival Coming Soon!2024-04-22T16:58:55+01:00

The 4th Swindon Jazz & Soul Festival is on this weekend!


The 4th Swindon Jazz & Soul Festival is on this weekend! Buy your tickets now!

The 4th Swindon Jazz & Soul Festival featuring British Jazz award winners, established Soul acts and and an African music showcase is on this weekend in Christ Church and the Community Centre.

THE SOUL : (Friday 19th April, Christ Church) An evening of Live Classic Soul music

THE JAZZ : (Saturday 20th April, Christ Church) A whole day and night of live Jazz featuring award winning and nationally known musicians.

THE AFRICAN : (Saturday 20th April, Christ Church Community Hall) A day and evening of live music from Africa featuring modern and traditional instruments, fusion, afrobeats, groove and funk.

For more information and tu buy tickets, head over to our Events page HERE 

For line up announcements please follow Swindon Jazz & Soul Festival on Facebook and Instagram or visit jazzknights.co.uk

The 4th Swindon Jazz & Soul Festival is on this weekend!2024-04-15T16:46:17+01:00




The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held in Christ Church on the 28th April 2024 at 11:30am.  Please see the notice below: Please note you can click on the image to enlarge it.

Two new Church Wardens will also be elected at the meeting; see the corresponding notice below:



Christ Church Bells 100th Anniversary Peal


Christ Church Bells 100th Anniversary Peal

On Thursday 11th April at 3pm there is going to be a peal attempt (ringing for 3 hours).

This is being rung to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the ten bells being installed.

The new bells were cast by the John Taylor Bellfoundry at Loughborough.
They were dedicated by the Bishop of Bristol on 11th April 1924.

These are the bells that have rung at Christ church ever since.

If you are interested in joining the bell ringing team, please contact Ann Eyles at: Bells@Christchurchswindon.co.uk

You can watch the bells in action from a previous peal attempt at the link below…


If you would like to find out more about the history of the bells and the church we have copies of our book, The Beacon on the Hill, available to buy for £13 from the parish office.

Christ Church Bells 100th Anniversary Peal2024-04-10T10:51:33+01:00

King William Street School Church Council helped plant native saplings at Christ Church


King William Street School Church Council helped plant native saplings at Christ Church

King William Street School Church Council helped plant native saplings at Christ Church, recently as part of the church’s Eco Group’s on-going plan to increase biodiversity within the grounds.

Once grown the saplings will provide shelter and food for birds and small mammals.

Mrs Sarah Prevost, teacher at King William Street School, said the children were very excited to be helping with this project and were looking forward to seeing the saplings grow in future years, into mature trees.

Mrs Anne Grainger, the chair of Christ Church Eco Group said “We are delighted that the children have joined us in this very special project. They are after all “our future” and what we do now to promote and conserve the natural environment for them is vital”.

The saplings were generously donated by the Woodland Trust.

You can find out more about the work of our Eco Group and Eco Church awards on our website here at: https://www.christchurchswindon.co.uk/blog/eco-church/

King William Street School Church Council helped plant native saplings at Christ Church2024-04-08T15:59:33+01:00

Electoral Roll Annual Revision


Annual Revision of the Christ Church and St Mary’s Electoral Roll

Every year as part of the annual church meeting, we review and update all the names on our church electoral roll. This year the review starts at the end of March and will be complete by mid-April. A list of all currently registered Electoral Roll members (Names only) will be available at the back of the Church during the review period.

What do you need to do?

1. Already on the Electoral Roll

If you are already on the Church Electoral Roll and are happy to remain on it, you need to take no further action.

2. You want to join the Electoral Roll

There are several benefits to joining the Electoral Roll:
• You can stand for election to the Parish Church Council (PCC)
• You can attend the Annual Parochial Council Meeting (APCM)
• You can participate in the voting at the APCM (next meeting on 28th April)
• You will be prayed for once a month during the Morning Prayer services

To be entered on the Electoral Roll:

• You must be over 16.
• You must be baptised.
• You must have attended a Church of England church in the parish for at least the last six months.

If you wish to be entered on the Electoral Roll please complete one of the
applications for Enrolment available at the back of the church and return it to the Parish Office by the 13th of April

Names of all those on the Electoral Roll on 27th March 2024 are displayed in both churches – please check your entry and let the Parish Office know of any discrepancies – thank you

Electoral Roll Annual Revision2024-04-05T16:09:41+01:00
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